Food for ThoughtNot by Might, Nor by Power
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord of Hosts" Zechariah 4.6

We hear a lot about power today. Your automobile has a powerful engine. Electric Power plants keep us running. The newest computer is the one with the most Power. Men and women in business and government are judged important on the basis of their Power.  We assume that if we have enough Power, then everything will work out for us. Conversely, without Power, we can accomplish nothing. Therefore, we seek after power.

Some people become obsessed either with attaining power or with their lack of power. But as He does so often, God has a different point of view. He says that we don't need power in ourselves to see things accomplished in our lives. He says that it isn't by our might or our power, but by His spirit that things get accomplished.

The neat thing about that is that it takes the pressure off of us. When we feel powerless, we can turn to the one who is power-full. When we have reached the end of our rope, we can call on the rope maker to extend the line. When we have lost all hope,  we can turn to the one who is the source of all hope. When the task is too big for us to handle alone, we can call on the one who assigned us the task and he will help us carry it out.

When someone looks at me, they might say, "She doesn't have any power. What can she accomplish?" And I have to agree. I don't have that much power and I can accomplish very little on my own. But when you add the spirit of God into the mix, the picture changes. With the Holy Spirit working through me, I have all the power I need and more. I can accomplish any task God sets before me. When I wonder, "How am I going to do this thing?" God reminds me that his spirit wouldn't lead me where his strength couldn't empower me. So, even though I'm not a very powerful person in the eyes of many, I know that I have the greatest power of all. I have the Holy Spirit living inside me and that's the greatest power of all.

Lord, remind me again today that in my weakness is your strength made perfect. Amen

May God Bless you and Keep you,

In His Service,

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.